4 Ways to Score Budget-Friendly Travel Essentials

Have you been working hard all year? There’s nothing more rewarding than going on a refreshing vacation! Thankfully, traveling around the Philippines has become more affordable. The country is rich with stunning destinations you can visit without spending too much. You can even book a flight without a credit card today. 

When you have your travel plans locked in, don’t forget to make a list of your travel essentials. For all the budget-conscious travelers, we’ve rounded up the different ways or places where you can buy affordable travel apparel and accessories that won’t set you back too much. Let’s get to it! 

  1. Scour Facebook Marketplace and Buy-and-Sell Groups

Today, Facebook is more than just a network that connects you to your loved ones, a source to keep up with the latest trends and news, or a site for your daily dose of memes. Facebook now has a digital marketplace called Facebook Marketplace, where users can buy, sell, and trade items with other people. 

From secondhand (or even brand new) power banks and sturdy travel backpacks to trekking shoes or sandals, you can find anything and everything you need there. Prices vary, but generally, you can find items like these priced at PHP 300-500. You can message the sellers for all your questions and regarding the arrangement before purchasing any item. 

You can also check out the Buy and Sell Groups shortcut in the Facebook Marketplace to review the listed items from all the groups you joined in one place. 

  1. Head to the Thrift Stores/Ukay-Ukay

Of course, who doesn’t want to look your best when traveling? It’s definitely nice to wear clothes that make you look and feel good, especially when there are cameras around. The best part, you can take home many items with just P500 or less when you buy from thrift stores

Chances are, there are plenty of ukay-ukay stores around your area that you can check out. If you have a beach trip planned, you can find cheap swimwear and beachwear—both for men and women—in thrift stores. You can also find comfortable leggings, hiking shorts, and shirts in these places. Ask the sales attendant to make your search faster. 

Because ukay-ukay finds can be musty, you must ensure that the clothes look clean enough to wear (little to no stains) and to wash it properly. The general rules for washing ukay-ukay garments are as follows:

  1. Put the clothes in boiling water (or place it in a large basin with hot water) twice to kill any bacteria and germs. Make sure to check the clothing label first to see if it can stand high temperatures.
  2. Hand-wash them using an antibacterial product.
  3. Soak them in hot water once again.
  4. Double-wash in the washing machine (or hand wash again).
  5. Completely get rid of the ukay-ukay smell by leaving the clothes in an anti-bacterial detergent liquid for around three hours. 


  1. Check Out E-commerce Sites 

When traveling, it’s important to store your toiletries in proper containers to avoid spills. You can head over to Shopee or Lazada for travel-sized containers (around P100 for a 4-piece set) for your shampoo, conditioner, body wash, facial wash, lotion, and other necessities. If you’re looking for camping gear like a sleeping bag, you can find one on Lazada for as low as P300.  

From accessories to apparel, you can find more travel essentials on these e-commerce sites. What’s good with these sites is that you can compare prices, message the sellers if the items are legit, and read product reviews. 

Apart from inspecting the product details, make sure to check the seller’s rating, customer reviews, available warranties, and whether it is shipped locally or from overseas. 

  1. Pay by Installment at Various Stores

It truly is hard to shop around if your wallet isn’t up for it. This is especially true for pricier travel essentials like top-of-the-line hiking backpacks, tents, luggage, and travel gadgets. Thankfully, installment loans online are readily available, such as Cashalo’s Shop Now & Pay Later. You can go right ahead and put your travel picks in a shopping basket and worry about the payment later. 

The Shop Now & Pay Later service is a credit offering within the Cashalo app that lets you take a loan amount from P2,500 to P19,999 (think of it as a credit limit). With this, you can use the loan to buy your travel gear and accessories. What’s great about the service is that no collateral is required to get a loan. Additionally, Cashalo offers flexible payment periods (3, 6, or 9 months) at a low monthly interest rate.

Note: The list of stores can be found in the app. You can also visit the website to apply now and get pre-approved. 

Shop Your Travel Essentials on a Budget

Traveling may cost a lot—from the airfare down to the smallest essentials. But the key to traveling without burning a hole through your pocket is to shop wisely and know where to find the best budget-friendly deals. 

No matter where you go and how much budget you have allocated, you must handle your finances well. Cashalo’s credit app provides loan products that can help you kick start your travel plans and get you everything you need for your next trip!